Student Showcase

Student Showcase 2021

29th Annual Student Showcase

From carbon to choreography, our students at the University of Arizona are performing industry-leading research. The Graduate and Professional Student Council created the Student Showcase in 1992-93 to celebrate this student research, and this year was no exception!

Over one hundred and fifty students participated in this exhibition of undergraduate and graduate scholarship demonstrating the wide spectrum of University student research projects. Student Showcase offers students a significant forum for communicating the importance of their research to the broader University of Arizona community.

Implemented in 1992-93 by the GPSC, Student Showcase represents a campus-wide student-run research exhibition at the University of Arizona. Students who participate in this event can be proud of their efforts and academic achievements. Demonstrating the valuable research that takes place at the University, Student Showcase also has the honor of including state representatives and many other community members as judges

    Note that the categories are topic dependent, and does not apply to which academic area you are from. The categories are self-select, but the GPSC committee retains the right to decide on which category you should be in. 

    In 2021, the total awards available amounted to $27,700 in cash prizes!

    Traditional Categories

    1. Communication and Expression
      • Research that involves compilation, analysis, and manipulation of data, ideas, and/or methods of sharing information. (i.e. media, citizen science, pedagogy etc.)
    2. Community, Culture, and Society
      • ​​Research regarding social, economic, cultural and/or political issues. (i.e. community initiatives, language development, social justice, public policy etc.)
    3. Technology and Innovation
      • Research producing advancements or novel techniques/methods, or entrepreneurial endeavors. May incorporate engineering of devices or utilize digital/computer technologies. (i.e. app development, software/hardware, digital humanities, innovative startups etc.)
    4. Human Health
      • Research impacting the well-being of humans at the individual, community, and global levels. (i.e. healthcare policy, mental health developments, medical devices, insects as a form of protein etc.)
    5. Environmental Impact
      • Research confronting environmental issues and concerns, anywhere on the local to global spectrum. (i.e. sustainability projects, natural disasters, pollution mitigation etc.

    Sponsored Awards

    1. Katheryne B. Willock Library Research Award
      • Win $1,000 for telling us how you used the library for your research! The annual Katheryne B. Willock Library Research Award recognizes undergraduate and graduate students participating in the University of Arizona Student Showcase who have made extensive use of the services and resources at the University of Arizona Libraries.
    2. BIO5 Innovator Award
      • The BIO5 Innovator Award recognizes one graduate and one undergraduate student exhibitor whose work best represents the goals of BIO5 in one of the following areas: multidisciplinary bioscience research; innovation in biosciences education; or entrepreneurship (bioscience technology transfer, new ideas for public/private partnerships etc.). These awards are provided by the BIO5 Institute at The University of Arizona. Each winner is awarded $350.

    For the 2021, showcase, GPSC was supported by the Provost's Office to also fund five new Special Award Categories

    1. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award
      • Eligible research advances knowledge of or addresses issues that impact historically marginalized communities. Research could cover any of the following topics: health disparities, criminal justice reform, homelessness among transgender/gender non-binary youth, student experiences across gender, race, national origin, disability and socioeconomic status at predominantly white institutions (PWIs).
    2. Award for Community Based Participatory Research
      • Community-based participatory research is inquiry that is aimed at informing solutions to benefit the community, through collaboration with community members.  Community members can be involved in any of the stages of the process, e.g. determining the research question, deciding on inquiry method(s), data collection, analysis, or dissemination of findings.
    3. Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Award
      • Projects in this category should contain some component of research that focuses on gender and women's issues. These projects should have a long-term goal of advancing gender equality or the cause of women and girls.
    4. Sustainability Award
      • To obtain a sustainability designation, research must address issues related to the three pillars of sustainability: environment, economy, and society. Content can relate to sustainable development in creating a healthy and thriving resource system for all; environmental issues, social issues applied to sustainable development such as human welfare, social equity issues or social/organizational/behavioral change; economic issues applied to sustainable development; discourse focused on the interconnection of world resources and the human condition from a long-term perspective; or content related to policy and communications issues applied to sustainable development.
    5. Cross-Disciplinary Research Award
      • This award recognizes student participation in research at the intersection of multiple disciplines or as part of a larger cross-disciplinary collaboration. Oftentimes, these projects are hard to categorize in a single area of study and involve the application of knowledge and expertise from multiple fields to develop solutions that will have broad societal impact.

    Traditional Category Awards

    Communication + Expression (graduate) First

    Valeria Pfeifer

    PhD Candidate, Psychology

      Second

    Angell Kim

    Master’s in Public Administration

    Community, Culture, Society (graduate) First

    Elaine Rhee

    PhD Candidate, Economics

      Second

    Ellen Carroll

    PhD Candidate, Social Psychology

    Tech + Innovation (graduate) First

    Michelle Bailey

    PhD Candidate, Aerospace Engineering

      Second

    Marwan Abduljawad

    PhD Candidate, Chemical Engineering

    Human Health (graduate) First

    Davina Dobbins & James Hollister

    MBA/MPH Candidate & Master’s, Biostatistics

      Second

    Riley O’Neill

    PhD Candidate, Clinical Psychology

    Environmental Impact (graduate) First

    Tshering Sherpa

    PhD Candidate, Geosciences

      Second

    Hunter Lohse

    Master’s of Landscape Architecture

    GPSC Peer Award (graduate)  

    Chen Chen

    PhD Candidate, Chinese Linguistics

           
    Human Health (undergraduate) First

    Giovanni Marquez

    Bachelor’s, Psychological Science

      Second

    Kelsey Bawden

    Bachelor’s, Neuroscience

    Community, Culture, Society (undergraduate) First

    Fiona Nguyen

    Bachelors in Psychological Sciences

    ASUA Peer Award  

    Kristina Sin

    Bachelor’s, Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology

    President's Award

     

    Grace Quirk

    PhD Candidate, Genetics

           

     

    Provosts' Special Award Categories

    Community Based Participatory Research Award First Hennessy Miller Master’s of Education
      Second (shared) Davina Dobbins MBA/MPH Candidate
      Second (shared) James Hollister Master’s of Biostatistics
      Second (shared) Ashley Low PhD, Public Health

    Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Award

    First

    Ellen Carroll

    PhD Candidate, Social Psychology

     

      Second Heather Gahler PhD Candidate, Communications

    Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Award

    First

    Michael Quiring

    Master’s of Public Health

      Second Heather Gahler PhD Candidate, Communications

    Cross-Disciplinary Research Award

    First

    Allyson Blanck

    Master’s of Arts, Classics

      Second Hongni Gou PhD, Sociocultural Dimensions of Second Language Acquisition
    Sustainability Award First

    Lea Schram von Haupt

    Master’s of Natural Resources

      Second Hunter Lohse Master's of Landscape Architecture
    Sponsored Awards
    Willock Award   Michelle Bailey PhD Candidate, Aerospace Engineering
        Chen Chen PhD Candidate, Chinese Linguistics
        David Haddad MD Candidate
        Violeta Martinez PhD Candidate, Chemical Engineering
        Srujitha Marupuru PhD Candidate, Pharmaceutical Sciences
        Fiona Nguyen Bachelor’s, Psychological Science

    Bio5 Award

      Tabitha Green  Master’s of Clinical Translation Sciences
        Kristina Sin Bachelor’s in Biochemistry & Molecular and Cellular Biology